Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Buildings tell stories

They don't make main streets like this anymore.

No Walgreens, CVS, Burger King, Home Depot, Walmart yet.

The vision of those cash-strapped citizens in 1937 inspired me so much. They actually met the demolition crew and paid for the house then and there. Visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation here to learn about how we can help save some of the stories that buildings tell.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


PS: Thank you so much for the encouragement and good leads last week.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Well, can you believe it? This summer's issue of "Artful Blogging" features an article about "Caroline's Crayons."

This is an excellent and inspiring magazine, and I feel so honored to appear in it. I've scanned the first of four pages here. If you wish to see the entire article, you can find it at some small craft stores and at Borders Books (in the crafty magazine section.)

Part II: Cards

A second chapter in my fame is this: I would like to start selling cards and postcards featuring some of my favorite images. Do you have advice concerning Etsy or CafePress? You could leave a message here, or e-mail me directly (carolineaksoy AT Thank you for your thoughts.

Here are some that I am considering:

Well, thanks for coming tonight. I'll sign all autographs at the book table. Bye-bye.

Friday, August 1, 2008


Senbazuru is a string of 1,000 origami cranes. A Japanese tradition holds that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. In modern times, the crane also symbolizes peace.

Since Hiroshima, senbazuru has become associated with the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who contracted leukemia as a result of radiation from the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Here are directions to make a crane. Mine are always terribly lumpy and lop-sided, but I don't think my mom would mind.